December 01, 2015

“This is Not a Day Care” University President's amazing letter to trigger-warning, safe-space obsessed students

StaffRebel Columnist

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper's letter to his students has made rounds internationally, and it's no wonder why. It's a politically incorrect, stone cold truth that needed to be said.

The first paragraph alone is enough to make you want to stand up and applaud.

“This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love. In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

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I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic. Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims. Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.””

A bit later on he takes a shot at Liberal schools giving into the demands of students.

“...if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them,” he writes.

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“We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.


This is not a day care. This is a university!”

You can read the full letter at this link.

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commented 2015-12-04 01:23:23 -0500
Come to the farm – if you feel disrespected for being told to work we can take you out back and provide some real discipline.
commented 2015-12-02 13:37:10 -0500
I for one am standing up for Mr. Piper and the sentiments in that very important letter, the tearing-up came while reading 1 Corinthians 13…
There are many people who would benefit from a reading and understanding of the sentiments in Mr. Piper’s letter.
There are many more who would benefit from a reading and understanding of 1 Corinthians 13…I confess, I count myself among them…
The Bible, the Internet and people with wisdom and integrity – what a great combination!
commented 2015-12-02 11:19:36 -0500
Many university students are a bunch of milk feeders. They wouldn’t know a good steak if they tasted one!
commented 2015-12-01 18:47:42 -0500
It began a long time ago. Everyone was complaining about being “dissed” or “disrespected”, sometimes becoming violent and excused because “you shouldn’t have said that.” Now its a world of entitlement, with the right to demand not to be upset by something anyone says or does. Never say anything that someone, who expects to have the right to tell you what is acceptable speech or comment, might find offensive if not to them, but to someone else whom they have not nor will ever meet.

When will these children ever grow up? When will the entitlement end?

Now, if you simply show up, you get a small reward or trophy. Never mind doing something of real accomplishment. Scoreless sports where everyone wins, even if the score – if recorded – would show your team as 0-20 against. To say that the team lost is “hurtful” but never the truth. You are entitled to never have to face reality, the truth, to take possession of your shortcomings, or being wrong. We used to call that “making excuses.”

What next? Fahrenheit 451 and the burning of books and the death of ideas?
commented 2015-12-01 13:41:00 -0500
Society is simply reaping what it sowed with this cup-cake generation of students. This problem began thirty years ago when self-esteem replaced real knowledge and actual skills as the focal point of education. Bolstering self-esteem became the teachers’ main job and so educators lavished exaggerated praise for even the smallest accomplishment, or even worse, put making an effort (which is good) on par with actual achievement (which is better). No demeaning hierarchies, please: all achievements are equal. All kids became ‘super-heroes’ and ‘little Einsteins’ for the most ordinary accomplishments. It’s no surprise the current crop of students believes the university ought to cater to all their whims, inflate their already inflated ego’s and think their feelings are the center of the world. I know whereof I speak. I was one of the minority of teachers who cried “Bullshit!” to the self-esteem gospel and insisted on knowledge and skills to pass.
commented 2015-12-01 12:50:34 -0500
Keith Barnes – It started much earlier than that. For most it started in Kindergarten and for some it started before that.
There is a good book on the subject called : Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future
commented 2015-12-01 12:35:49 -0500
The attitude of these University Students, was set while they were attending Junior Grade School. Left Wing progressive thinking, politically correct brain washing. Instilled into their minds, by traitors to their country. The West needs to examine their educators, They are all Marxist.
commented 2015-12-01 12:09:32 -0500
M Williams – My previous comment was in addition to your previous comment.
commented 2015-12-01 12:08:37 -0500
And in most provinces our Premiers and all levels of government as well as a majority of bureaucrats.
commented 2015-12-01 12:06:45 -0500
It’s about time! Society’s only hope is that Freedom of Speech, Taking Responsibility for yourself and Learning become core principles in all levels of education once again.
commented 2015-12-01 11:47:38 -0500
Those “self-absorbed and narcissistic” kids are now our Presidents and Prime Ministers.
commented 2015-12-01 11:42:30 -0500
Finally, a university president that is willing to say it as it is. Many of this generation of young adults are mewling babies. They need to grow up!